JULY 13, 2011, 8:59 AM
Missing Boy’s Dismembered Body Apparently Found; Suspect Being Questioned
By AL BAKER, LIZ ROBBINS and JOE GOLDSTEIN
Seth Wenig/Associated PressPolice officers searched East Second Street, in Brooklyn, where a suitcase believed to contain some remains of an 8-year-old boy were found.
Updated, 9:35 a.m. | The search for a missing 8-year-old Brooklyn boy ended early on Wednesday when investigators discovered what they believed to be his dismembered remains in a third-floor attic refrigerator of a Brooklyn man and in a trash bin on a street, the police said. The man, who made incriminating statements, was in custody and being questioned, the police said.
NYPD, via Associated PressLeibby Kletzky
The grim discovery capped two days of intense searching for the boy, Leibby Kletzky, who had disappeared along a short walk between a Borough Park school and a meeting place with his parents on Monday. Police detectives searched around his neighborhood and used helicopters to find the boy, who was part of the Hasidic Jewish community. They recovered video clearly showing the boy alive.
In the end, the inquiry led to 466 East Second Street, in Kensington, Brooklyn, the home of the suspect, 35, who was taken into custody at 2:40 a.m., said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.
Mr. Browne did not identify the suspect by name. But, he said, “There is no indication at this time that the victim was known to the suspect previously.”
Mr. Browne said charges were pending. The police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, was planning a news conference at police headquarters in Lower Manhattan later on Wednesday morning.
In a statement, Mr. Browne said the suspect “made statements implicating himself in the death” of the boy.
He said that remains believed to be those of the missing boy were located by detectives in a refrigerator in the man’s attic apartment. Other remains of the boy were found in Greenwood Heights, “in a Dumpster at 20th Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, wrapped in black plastic garbage bags inside of a suitcase,” Mr. Browne said.
As part of the investigation, the police had discovered video of the boy leaving his school, at 1205 44th Street, between 12th and 13th Avenues, about 4:50 p.m. on Monday. It captured the boy walking on 15th Avenue, heading toward 44th Street. He was supposed to meet his parents at the corner of 13th Avenue and 50th Street.
The police said it was the boy’s first day of walking home by himself. “He’d asked his parents’ permission to walk home alone and the parents were waiting outside” for him to return, Mr. Browne said.
The parents live on 15th Avenue. They were to meet their son at 13th Avenue and 50th Street; six blocks from the school.
The police retrieved other video showing the boy walking near a hardware store in the direction of where he was to meet his parents, but not quite at that spot.
Mr. Browne described the contents of another videotape showing the boy following a bearded man in dark trousers and a white shirt. Video recorded at 5:30 p.m. showed the same man entering a dentist’s office on 18th Avenue, in Brooklyn.
“Detectives located one of the dentists who worked there at his home in New Jersey late last night, and established that the suspect had been in the dentists’ office on Monday to pay a bill,” Mr. Browne said on Wednesday morning. “With the assistance of a receptionist and another dentist associated with the practice, detectives at 2:00 a.m. today found records at the dentist’s office that established the suspect’s name and address. He was apprehended 40 minutes later.”
Just before 8 a.m., small groups of Orthodox men in shock and sadness gathered on the corner of 57th Street and 15th Avenue, where the police command center was established near the family’s apartment. Two days ago, thousands had crowded the corner to volunteer their time, food and concern, all to find Leibby. Now there were water bottles littered on the street and a devastated community.
“Hit me like a ton of bricks,” said Bob Moskovitz, the coordinator of the Flatbush Shomrim, a volunteer patrol. “All along you’re hoping for the best.”
Dov Hikind, the local state assemblyman, had not left the corner for two days, since Leibby was reported missing at 5 p.m. Monday to the Shomrim.
“I got a phone call in the early morning — and for a second, I thought he was going to be O.K., and then I started hearing the details; he was murdered,” Mr. Hikind said.
The more details he heard — that the child was dismembered — the less Mr. Hikind said he wanted to hear. “This is nothing I have seen in my 29 years. There have been accidents, tragedies, but this goes beyond everything I remember,” Mr. Hikind said. “Now we prepare for a funeral and then we ask a lot of questions.”
The assemblyman, who put up a $5,000 reward on Monday for information leading to the return of the child, said he had offered rewards in previous cases, but none that had elicited such a response. Eight or nine individuals from the community donated thousands of dollars each, and by 4:30 p.m. on Monday he capped the reward at just over $100,000.
“If that doesn’t get the job done, $200,000 won’t either,” he said.
He said people returned from vacation from the Catskills and came over from Kew Gardens to volunteer. Buses arrived from the ultra-orthodox community of Monsey with people volunteering to patrol the neighborhood.
On Tuesday night, a group of 20 Pakistanis volunteered to join the search.
On Wednesday morning outside the apartment building where the boy lived with his three sisters, his parents were not speaking to reporters. Mr. Hikind said he spoke with them and he could not begin to describe their devastation.
Joel Philip said, “I live in this building, and I don’t tell my children about this; they are too small.” He had two toddler boys and an 8-year-old daughter with him. “I told her, though. He was a good kid.”
After he escorted his youngest son to the school bus, Mr. Philip was asked if this would change his feelings of security in the neighborhood. “My wife is always very careful about leaving the children alone,” he said.E][/QUOTE]
Eight is too young to walk home alone. I feel for these parents
That sucks. that sucks real bad. You know the accused probably abused the boy too (thats usually why the dismember them after)... leaving the parents utterly robbed of any humanity. They're gonna need some serious prayer time to get over that trauma. heart goes out to them.
[I][B]The police said it was the boy’s first day of walking home by himself. “He’d asked his parents’ permission to walk home alone and the parents were waiting outside” for him to return, Mr. Browne said.[/B][/I]
How do you not just like, off yourself after this happens.
Six ****ing blocks the kid only had to work and was unable to avoid a ****ing monster. :mad:
I live right next to Borough Park and everytime I drive through there I see a ton of kids walking/playing unattended on the streets. Sometimes much younger than 8. This was bound to happen but its just so sad. The kid gets lost and asks a guy for directions. Out of all the people in the world, he has to run into a scumbag that would abduct him. I'm so shocked that it was one of their own.
[QUOTE=quantum;4061531]I bought this video (Stranger Safety) a few years ago; made my son watch it again 10 mins ago.
Really good if you have children under 15: [URL="http://www.thesafeside.com/"]http://www.thesafeside.com/[/URL][/QUOTE]
Here's a free one, which has some educational value even though most of the characters look and act like obvious pedophiles and even though the example at 0:14 looks much more like the intro to a porn scene than a message to avoid strangers.
[QUOTE=Mike D;4061563]It's the same way in Lakewood, NJ, they let their children roam and run in the streets, it's horrible, and this makes me sick to my stomach. Poor baby.[/QUOTE]
I've read some reports that state the boy was autistic. With wandering deaths amongst the autistic population seemingly on the rise, the choice of the parents to allow the boy to walk home alone seems, well....:(